Even though the Sacred Heart Cathedral girls’ soccer team has already matched its win total from a season ago, the Fightin’ Irish still felt a bit disappointed after their match Tuesday against San Mateo High School.
In a nonleague match at Crocker Amazon, Sacred Heart Cathedral (4-1-1) couldn’t capitalize on two scoring opportunities in the second half and had to settle for a 0-0 draw.
“We’re out here to win games, and that’s the mentality we have this year,” said Sacred Heart Cathedral coach Chris King, who was an assistant at SHC the previous three seasons. “In nonleague play, especially with how tough the [West Catholic Athletic League] is, we’ve got to win games like this.”
After a scoreless first half that saw San Mateo (2-1-2) control most of the action, SHC switched things up in the second half, converting from the 4-5-1 formation it played in the first half to a 4-3-3 in the second half, which opened things up for the Fightin’ Irish.
In the 55th minute, SHC junior left wing Torie Palmer found herself 10 yards in front of the Bearcats’ goal, but her blast traveled five feet too high.
Two minutes later, Palmer found herself in front of the left post, as sophomore Shannon Garcia set her up with a beautiful pass from the right wing, but Palmer couldn’t finish as her shot went just wide of the left post.
That was the best and last chance for a goal as both teams were unable to sustain anything offensively the rest of the game.
“We were able to break [San Mateo] down a bit and create a lot of opportunities,” King said. “We’ll be disappointed with this, but I think that’s a good thing and says where we’re at as a program.”
San Mateo (2-1-2) struggled in the second half to sustain a consistent attack and was held to one shot on goal after halftime.
Despite the lack of opportunities, San Mateo coach Carlos Bover wasn’t distraught afterward with his team’s performance.
“To me, it’s all about improvement, and we definitely improved from our previous game,” Bover said. “At the end of the day, I felt like we controlled most of the game, but they definitely had the better scoring opportunities.”